Earth Month Blog Series: Celebrate the Planet Here in Redwood City this Earth Day and Beyond

In honor of Earth Day coming up tomorrow, the City has been posting a series of its environmental initiatives, such as water pollution prevention and water conservation programs.

Our blog series is focusing on various ways you can take part in celebrating and protecting the planet here in Redwood City this month. Of course, keeping the environment healthy doesn’t stop with Earth Day; it’s a daily commitment to sustain the planet for future generations. For this reason, we’ll mention events coming up beyond April and keep the momentum going on being green!

National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation (April 1 — April 30)

It’s not too late to make your pledge to save water and help Redwood City improve their performance in this competition, which encourages cities across the nation to see who can be the most water wise. They do this by asking their residents to take a series of informative, easy to use pledges online to conserve water, energy and other natural resources. Read more about this here.

Spring Commuter Challenge (April 1 — May 31)

A great way to reduce your carbon footprint is to go car-free. The Spring Commuter Challenge invites you to use alternative modes of transportation to get to work, from using mass transit to running on your own steam and biking or walking to work. You might find yourself getting fit and even winning great prizes in the process! Register at my.commute.org to find faster, cheaper, greener routes to and from work and log alternative commute trips each week for your chance to win prizes.

Home Energy and Water Saving Toolkit

The Redwood City Public Library is proud to offer Check It Out! Home Energy and Water Saving Toolkits at each of its branches. These kits are available to help save energy and water at home. Tools can be used in any type of residence including RV, Apartment, and Single Family Home (rental or own).

  • For children, the Toolkit should be used with adult supervision.
  • The Toolkit has a handbook that provides step by step information making the kit accessible for people of all levels of “handiness”.
  • There are items in the kit that you can keep and items that need to be returned with the kit.
  • Customers need to sign a waiver at check out that states that they may be fined for not returning the completed kit and that the kit must be returned at the library it was checked out at.

The toolkits are provided in partnership with the San Mateo Office of Sustainability and the San Mateo County Energy Watch. Toolkits are available on a first come first serve basis. For more information about this program, go here.

Earth Day Events (April 22)

Earth Day on the Bay Festival

This free, all-day event hosted by the Marine Science Institute aims to provide fun, safe, and special memories for the whole family that will foster and grow cherished connections between your family and the San Francisco Bay. Read more here about the fun, educational activities and entertainment offered at this event.

15th Annual Going Native Garden Tour

This free, self-guided tour of home gardens features California Native Plants that are water wise, attractive, low maintenance, low on chemical use, and friendly to birds and butterflies. Redwood City’s Native Plant Demonstration Garden will be featured as #5 on this year’s tour on Sunday, April 23, which was converted from turf to a water-efficient landscape by Redwood City Parks Department staff and community volunteers who attended one of a Redwood City’s Water Conservation Program workshops. Learn more here.

Teen Program — Spring has Sprung Planting!

Teens in grades six through 12 can ring in spring with a freshly planted seed in a freshly decorated pot. The event takes place 2–4 p.m. at the Downtown Library Teen Center. Read more here.

Beyond Earth Day Events

Bike Month (May)

May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try. Learn more here.

Bike to Work Day (May 11)

Tens of thousands of regular and first-time Bay Area residents will bike to work for the 23rd Annual Bike to Work Day, part of National Bike Month. More than 90 Energizer Stations in Santa Clara County and 40 in San Mateo County will give people on bikes a chance to stop and get a snack, a tote bag, goodies, and a few words of encouragement. Learn more here.

City Trees Planting Program (May 6 and 20, Sept. 16 and Oct. 21)

Help celebrate Redwood City’s Sesquicentennial by helping CityTrees reach their goal to plant 150 trees in 2017! Learn more here.

Annual Spring Clean Up (May 13)

Celebrate the 150th Anniversary with the Pride and Beautification Committee by helping clean Redwood City on May 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free breakfast and lunch! Learn more here.

Want to learn more about what the City of Redwood City is doing to help the environment? Check out our Environmental Initiatives page here.

For past blog stories within this series, see the links below:

Earth Month Series: Water Conservation

Earth Month Series:Water Pollution Prevention